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“Perfect”

The Well of the Turk
Ranked #21 of 419 Restaurants in Chania Town
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $28
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Well of the Turk restaurant and bar offers a delicious selection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialties, to be enjoyed to the sounds of a great collection of Middle Eastern music. Set in a historical building in the center of the Turkish district of Splantzia, with its labyrinth of narrow streets and two remaining minarets, one will find The Well of the Turk restaurant at Rouga Square, across the unique 13th century underground church of Agia Irene.
London, United Kingdom
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“Perfect”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

My boyfriend and I decided to take a few days away from rainy England to Chania, Crete. I was told by many people to try this restaurant and I am so glad we did. We ate there three nights out of four and were not disappointed. The food is of a much higher standard then a lot of the restaurants and you are surrounded by the beauty of the old buildings. It is also refreshing to have a different choice of food compared to the usual tourist cuisine provided by a lot of the restaurants. The atmosphere was always warm and inviting. The restaurant was always busy, which just goes to show for one tucked away. However this had no effect on the excellent service we received from the staff. If you like to indulge yourself on your holidays then definitely come here and spoil yourself. All courses are to the highest quality and you will find you want to try everything!

  • Visited October 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“It's good to be back”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Two weeks in beautiful Crete in full October sunshine with temperatures soaring to the 30's was a welcome escape from the dreary rains of Northern Europe and so too was the stunning Byzantine inspired food at The Well of the Turk. What could be better than to forget the economic miseries rained upon us recently with mouthfuls of colourful, delicious food shared with friends .... each plateful a holiday In itself, alive with texture and favour. I've eaten here before and the menu with all the favorites still firmly available (please keep it so) appears to have more mezze to choose from along with daily dish(es) chosen from market fare with an eye to offering something special at a great price - something new to help eek those pennies out? We kicked off with a selection of mezze and followed with salads and a few more substantial plates. Silky hummus & smoky babaghanoush scooped up with toasted pita, lahmacun with its savory/sweet, spicy lamb topping was delicious with a dollop of natural yoghurt , chicken pieces in filo (cigars) were gently spiced and moreish as were the aubergine meatballs and vegetarian moussaka. The salads were a burst of flavor and colour - the avocado & orange fresh and tasty while the beetroot salad offered chunks of this wonderful purple pink vegetable married with fresh leaves and herbs in a tangy dressing : sublime and healthy too! Slow cooked lamb tagine with a side of couscous was rich and tender, the shish kebab was truly beautiful to look at but even better to taste. One of the newer dishes we tried was a courtette tart made with feta and other local cheeses, served in a really crisp and flaky shell it was both light but bursting with subtle flavours. Every dish showed the same care and attention to detail. There's a new side garden with pretty twinkling lights which is just as well as the local council in their wisdom were busy digging up the lane in front of the restaurant (why now and not after the season's ended?!) however, with the promise to replace the old surface with pretty stone, benches and flowers next year this restaurant should be more atmospheric than ever. We lingered long and ended our evening with complimentary desserts flavoured with orange or rose water rendolent of another world .... and raki too, the local digestive. Delicious!

  • Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Reliably interesting food in Xania's 'old town'”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We returned to the Well with friends during an Autumn visit and found the place as beguiling as ever. There is a new 'garden' in the ruins at the side of the restaurant where it was still warm enough to sit out and enjoy Jenny's delicious food. She makes the best Babaganoush and Hummus we have ever tasted and her Lahma Jun remains a firm favourite. We also had Apaki (local smoked pork) with Rocket and two other salads - each presented and dressed beautifully and made with the freshest produce - which included avocados and oranges and beetroot with a mixture of salad greens.The Lamb Tagine and Aubergine meatballs were both excellent. All our desserts were wonderful - including a very light and delicate cheeesecake, home made baklava with ice cream and an amazing chocolate cake. The place was busy as ever, filled mainly with locals/regulars who remain loyal to this very special place. The service was friendly and the house wine good - as usual. We found the prices very fair in relation to the high quality of all the food we had. The Well remains atmospheric, despite the fact that the small square where it is located is being resurfaced - thank goodness for the new garden and the reality that you can get to the place from Sifaka Street as well as Daskaloyannis Street - from which access is likely to be more difficult for the next week or so.

  • Visited October 2012
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“old town fare”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Different as illustrated by its title. Food excellent, we ate from the specials board and had house wine. Remarkable cheap for the quality. The meze was excellent.

Visited October 2012
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Skipton, United Kingdom
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“something slightly different”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We had 2 excellent meals at the Well of the Turk. The menu is a bit different from most Chania restaurants, not so traditional but with a more Middle Eastern flavour. The presentation is very high but the service can be a bit slow on busy evenings. The chickpea fritters were a highlight - you get so much more than the description suggests. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2012
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